Jessica Sligter & Susanna
For the Hannah Ryggen exhibition Weaving the world at The National Gallery, nyMusikk presents a concert series in cooperation with The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, autumn 2015. With asamisimasa (30 August), Jessica Sligter & Susanna (6 September) and Mika Vainio (4 October).
Susanna (also Susanna and the Magical Orchestra and Susanna Wallumrød) is known as much for her intimate and sparse interpretations of known songs such as «Jolene» and «Love Will Tear Us Apart» as well as her own songwriting. Her ethereal voice has earned her wide critical acclaim both in Norway and internationally as well as a string of music prizes. She joins up with Dutch singer/songwriter Jessica Sligter (also known as Jæ and Sacred Harp) in a new duo project where two distinct voices meet in an expressive intimate concert of duo and solo pieces.
The performance includes the music commissioned for We Live On A Star, Hannah Ryggen’s central work of the same name and also the title of the exhibition at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in 2014, taking the science fiction poem Aniara (1956) by Swedish Nobel laureate Harry Martinson as a starting point
Weaving the world
Hannah Ryggen (1894–1970) is one of the most significant Scandinavian artists of the twentieth century. Her tapestries are visual responses to major and minor events, conflicts and processes. She captured the world in her weaving. In the early 1930s, she addressed fascism and the destructive consequences of Nazi power. Violence and abuse are visualised in an idiom reminiscent of modern, critical history painting. Her narrative drive goes hand in hand with a free accentuation of abstract patterns, shapes and colours.
The exhibition echoes a broad renewal of interest in Ryggen’s figurative and highly captivating modernism internationally. It is produced in collaboration with the Moderna Museet in Malmö.